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Giro 2022 Top riders analysis; João Almeida
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02 May 2022, by Bert Lip
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The first grand tour of the season is about to start. Who are the favorites and which outsiders should we keep an eye on? ProCyclingStats will take a closer look at some of the GC favorites with a series of statistics. We start off with João Almeida, the highest placed competitor in the GC ranking.
Table 1. GC ranking competitors
#RiderPositionPoints
1 ALMEIDA João2
972
2 BILBAO Pello4
798
3 CARAPAZ Richard5
780
4 MARTIN Guillaume14
620
5 BARDET Romain15
598
6 YATES Simon18
539
7 ULISSI Diego21
528
8 PORTE Richie26
470
9 DE LA CRUZ David27
453
10 KELDERMAN Wilco28
444
11 POELS Wout31
390
12 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel33
368
13 VALVERDE Alejandro35
365
14 LANDA Mikel38
346
15 FORTUNATO Lorenzo42
322
Analysis
It will be the third start for Almeida in the Giro. In 2020 he finished 4th and last year he came in 6th. With 1744 points scored last year, Almeida is definitely one of the best riders in the peloton. This year, he has already accumulated a total of 463 points. However, he did not win a final GC this year.
Table 2. Result per edition
YearResult
20216
20204
Table 3. Points per season
  • 46
    46
    2017
  • 55
    55
    2018
  • 119
    119
    2019
  • 875
    875
    2020
  • 1744
    1744
    2021
  • 463
    463
    2022
Table 4. Last GC results
DateRes.RaceClass
2022-03-273 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya2.UWT
2022-03-138 Paris - Nice2.UWT
2022-02-265 UAE Tour2.UWT
2021-09-181 Skoda-Tour de Luxembourg2.Pro
2021-08-2918 Deutschland Tour2.Pro
2021-08-151 Tour de Pologne2.UWT
2021-05-306 Giro d'Italia2.UWT
2021-03-287 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya2.UWT
2021-03-166 Tirreno-Adriatico2.UWT
2021-02-273 UAE Tour2.UWT
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Looking at his third week performance in grand tours, we know he has the ability to gain positions after two weeks of racing, which is essential in any grand tour as the most uphill kilometers are often put in the third week.
Table 5. Third week GT historical performance for rider
SeasonRacePosition after week 2Final GC position
2021Giro d'Italia146▲8
2020Giro d'Italia14▼3
main strengths

Where his teammate Tadej Pogačar also scores in one day races, Almeida has his specialty clearly set to time trials and final GCs. In 14 out of 19 time trial starts in professional races, he finished in the top-10. Also, in 75% of stage races he started, he finished top-10. This is the highest ratio of all Giro favorites. This is one of the major strengths of João Almeida; his constant high level performance.
Table 6. Results per GC/TT/Onedayraces
Type#StartsTop-10s%Top-10s
One day races263
12
General classifications2015
75
Time trials1914
74
Table 7. GC Top10% per GC favorite in professional races (2.1 and higher)
#RiderTop-10 %Top10sStarts
1 ALMEIDA João
75
1520
2 VALVERDE Alejandro
65
84129
3 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
56
2443
4 BARDET Romain
53
4177
5 KELDERMAN Wilco
49
3776
6 PORTE Richie
47
4799
7 YATES Simon
45
2555
8 ULISSI Diego
39
3590
9 MARTIN Guillaume
37
1849
10 CARAPAZ Richard
37
1643
11 POELS Wout
32
34105
12 LANDA Mikel
32
2682
13 BILBAO Pello
28
2588
14 HINDLEY Jai
28
1036
15 DE LA CRUZ David
25
2289

Charting the number of time trial points scored in the past 36 months for the GC favorites, it is clear that Almeida has a great opportunity to take time on his rivals in the two time trials.
Table 8. Time trial points last 3 years